One Synth Challenge #141: Monique by Monoplugs ( Wins!)

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1938 posts since 29 Sep, 2011

Post Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:06 am

IrionDaRonin wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:52 am
Hey guys, just passing by to throw this free synth for a possible OSC, this wavetable synth will be available from 24th Nov. Just stumbled upon this one minutes ago. Just i dont know which OS are compatible, sorry.

I hope you doing all good. Have a nice day :)
Are you talking about Vital? :)

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2554 posts since 18 Mar, 2011 from Spain

Post Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:09 pm

Yes, Z, I forgot the link, lmao.

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1938 posts since 29 Sep, 2011

Post Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:31 pm

Yeah, it is awesome and has been suggested! ... but not nearly as awesome as a new Irion track would be!

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2554 posts since 18 Mar, 2011 from Spain

Post Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:06 pm wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:31 pm
Yeah, it is awesome and has been suggested! ... but not nearly as awesome as a new Irion track would be!
:oops: :hug:

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1938 posts since 29 Sep, 2011

Post Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:11 pm

... and on THAT note, due to severe annoyance problems with monique, I wanted to quit working on this as soon as possible (the biggest of which: I could not reload the project without sounds randomly changing!). (and, while I try not to be too negative about things, this is just about the worst thought out synth ever. I cannot believe anyone actually paid money for it, and I expect no one to care that it is now free or open source, because there is nothing good about it whatsoever. it crashed things multiple times, cannot restore properly, how would anyone use it regularly?). anyway, here it is! - Nominal

Bitwig 3.3 (beta 5!)
26 x monique

Bitwig FX:

Other FX:
TDR Nova
MConvolutionEZ reverb
Valhalla Supermassive
vladg limiter no6
xfer OTT
Wags Limiter
Polyverse Wider
Venn Audio FreeClip

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2 posts since 20 Nov, 2020

Post Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:51 pm

hello it is made using bitwig daw with only using limiter on the main and melda compressor and charm verb. it uses 7 tracks of the monique vst.
you can listen to it on sound cloud.

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105 posts since 16 Apr, 2017 from Rīga

Post Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:09 am


This is my actual entry. If anyone is interested I left my initial version along with this one (I'll remove it from the forum at the end of the month). Please tell me whether I improved something or rather ruined :D Basically I added few elements I missed when listening back to it a little bit later, changed the balance slightly and changed the master chain.

15 instances of Monique
Host: Ableton live
Native fx: Utility, Reverb, Glue compression with sidechain, Auto Pan, EQ Eight, Arpegiator (midi) and a slight saturation on Master
3rd party FX: Limiter6

Few months ago I acquired Yamaha HS 80M monitors and this is my first finished track on them. My room is without any intentional acoustical treatment and also these monitors might be a bit too powerful for the size of this room but I have "calibrated" my ears since then by playing soundgym games almost daily. The most noticeable effect is that my previously primary headphones (closed-ones, bundled with sound card) feels a bit dull sounding compared of what I thought about them when I got them initially.
YT | SC | earror :ud: KO :ud:

263 posts since 16 Mar, 2013 from Lima - Perú

Post Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:58 am

Hi. :D
My entry :

It was an interesting synth, but I don't think I would use it again, and with so many instances the project was getting too hard to work with. Some mix issues are still present, but it's good enough to submit :hyper: .

It feels good to participate again in the OSC, it's been a while since I finished a track.

67 instances of Monique.
DAW : Ableton live 10

Live FXs used:
* Eq8
* Multiband Dynamics
* Glue Compressor
* AutoFiler (Used only on the drums for the buildup)
* AutoPan
* Saturator (used lightly on the snare)
* Reverb
* Convolution Reverb (M4L device)
* Limiter
* Utility (for pan, width & gain)
* Delay

External FXs:
* Melda MFreeformPhase (free)
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1232 posts since 12 Nov, 2002 from Newcastle, UK

Post Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:40 am wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:11 pm
... and on THAT note, due to severe annoyance problems with monique, I wanted to quit working on this as soon as possible
I was so up for this month's challenge after failing to finish my Pendulate track, that was until I started using Monique - I've walked away from it now for reasons of keeping my sanity :hihi:
"Micro Kid speaks digi-talk.."

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18 posts since 29 Aug, 2020

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:14 am

Hello fellow KVRists!

A bit awkward this synth, but definitely able to produce some inspiring sounds.
Here's my submission:

-Made on ArchLinux, DAW Ardour 6.5
-34 instances of Monique

Further effects used (all FOSS):
-TAP Tubewarmth
-Dragonfly Reverb
-Calf Limiter
-Calf Vintage Delay
-Calf Stereo Compressor
-Ardour ACE-compressor
-Guitarix Amplifier
-LSP Multiband Compressor
-LSP Stereo Compressor
-LSP Parametric EQ
-Zam Gate

Master Bus chain:
-Luftikus EQ
-LSP parametric EQ
-LSP Multiband Compressor
-Chow Tape Model
-LSP Limiter
-Calf Limiter

Thanks for listening and commenting!

114 posts since 14 Jun, 2020 from Adelaide, Australia

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:18 am

I've moved my "classical cover of the month" series to a thread of its own. If you want to hear Monique let loose on Shostakovich (or should that be the other way round?), head over to viewtopic.php?p=7951966#p7951966 All comments appreciated.

I found this synth awkward to use but fascinating. Nice choice!

1594 posts since 7 Mar, 2014

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:57 pm

Ok. My poorly thumb has had enough ... here's my Monique track warts 'n' all as I can't see well enough to do much more (those who know me know why!!!).

DAW: Reaper 6.15

Track Details:
14 * Monique
11 * ReaEQ
2 * Bass Professor Mark II
2 * Envelover
1 * LFX-1310
2 * pizMidiPolyphony
1 * Oril River
6* OTT
2 * ReaGate

Ferric TDS
Voxengo MSED
LoudMax 64-bit

Youlean Loudness Meter

LUFS: -14.0
DR: 11 ... 41-monique

2 posts since 26 Aug, 2020

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:55 pm

Hello all! It is my first submission, I've been following this awesome challenge for quite some time though. And this month finally decided to join, despite such strange synth. Huge thanks to for that glide trick! If it wasn't for it, I'd have skipped another month probably. I'm glad I didn't skip, this challenge was so much fun, had to make decisions I never normally make. Creative limitations like this are awesome! I hope you enjoy it, probably not the best mixing/mastering, but my cat seems to like it(see picture). ... llenge-141

Made in Bitwig

8 instances of Monique

Bitwig effects:
Mid-Side Split

3rd party:
MSaturator (little bit on the kick)
Ozone Imager 2
TDR Nova
TDR Kotelnikov
kHs Limiter

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18 posts since 7 Feb, 2020

Post Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:38 pm

Hello fellow OSCers! Here is my submission this month:

Originally, I wanted to make some epic complextro. Halfway through making the track I realised it was neither epic nor complextro; instead, it sounded like "gaming music". Oh well, might as well roll with it.

As for Monique, using a monosynth in OSC is always going to be challenging. Thankfully its envelopes are responsive, and although I found no easy way to modulate the pitch, the resonance knobs could go up *very* high which meant I didn't have trouble with drums. Overall, Monique delivers both on the low end and high end, true to being a "lead and bass synth". However, I could not get complex sounds out of it (unlike some other very talented OSCers!) since I found the morphing confusing.

I would also like to thank Z Prime for helping me with some mixing issues on the OSC Slack. Those tips really helped in reducing some of the muddiness that was previously in the drop.

DAW: Reaper 6.03

46 instances of Monique

Stock Plugins:
MIDI Arpeggiator
Exciter (Treble Enhancer)
Stereo Enhancer
MIDI Note Filter
MIDI Delay
MIDI Transpose Notes
Soft Clipper/Limiter

Third Party Plugins:
Dragonfly Room Reverb
Wags DAT
TDR Nova

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97 posts since 18 Jan, 2010 from Germany

Post Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:28 pm

... and here is my little submission for this month ... :hyper:

Had no problems with Monique in Cubase, unless I was starting the arpeggiator: A few times I couldn't stop it :wheee: (missed a PANIC button).
All in all a quite versatile and useful synth. Would be even better, if its name were 'Polyique' :D

For my track I used ...

19 instances of Monique in Cubase Elements

other effect plugins:
Limiter N6
TAL reverb 3
Lagrange ... ls-osc-141

Hope you enjoy and good luck to all! :tu:

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